The Staten Island Jazz Fest Saturday October 19 for the 26th time at the annual event, according to today's issue of The Staten Island Advance (October 19). For more about this interesting event visit http://www.silive.com. "For well over two decades, it’s been among the best kept secrets of the proverbial “Forgotten Borough.” But true aficionados of the American art form have most definitely heard of the Staten Island Jazz Festival. Many of them will likely be in attendance at Saturday’s 26th installment. The annual musical marathon “is a direct extension of Universal Temple of the Arts’ mission of ‘quickening the creative spirit in the individual and community and fostering brotherly love," added Sajda Musawwir Ladner, co-founder and executive director of the UTA to The Advance.
“It provides a stage upon which UTA’s students, community members and world-renowned artists can present jazz programming to new and broader audiences, including underserved children and families, and to spur economic growth and tourism in S.I.,” according to Ladner to The Advance.
"Now, we’re not talking pretty boy soft jazz here. No posers. We’re talking road warriors who’ve earned their down-and-dirty-meets-elegant-and-sophisticated chops the hard way: by touring the globe, mastering their diverse skills in crowded bars and expansive concert stages around the world," adds The Advance. "This year’s SIJF — the annual centerpiece of Universal Temple of the Arts’ ongoing cultural education efforts (see box for details) — launches with diverse jazz-themed workshops (music, vocals, dance, Romare Bearden collage art) in the a.m., culminating with a panel discussion titled “The History & Future of Jazz” at 12:30 p.m. The Music Hall at Snug Harbor will then host eight hours of live music: Internationally acclaimed headliners include NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, Vishnu Wood & Safari East, Winard Harper Ensemble, Kiane Zawadi, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, Betty Shirley and Dr. Mambo & the Experience Ensemble," adds the report. "SIJF will also continute its tradition of showcasing established S.I. artists: Rudi Mwongozi, Karlus Trapp, WaFoo, Vinnie Ruggieri, David Jones, Darrell Smith, Joy Whelan, Paul Von Thadden, Sylvester Scott, Earl Sauls and Sajda Musawwir Ladner will also perform," states the article.
The 2013 SIJF honorees: — Councilman Dominic Recchia, Jr., chair of the NYC Council’s Finance Committee and former chair of the NYC Council’s Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations. — Edward Josey, president of S.I.’s NAACP branch, “for his ongoing support through the years.” — Michael Rainey, Jr., the 13-year-old actor who’s appeared in “Orange is the New Black” and recently played a young Forest Whitaker in the hit film “The Butler,” in recognition of the Port Richmond resident’s “remarkable talent, discipline, and success.” — Dr. Demetrius Carolina, senior pastor at the First Central Baptist and human rights activist, for “outstanding leadership in the community,” adds The Advance. "Posthumous honors will go to for Staten Island Advance reporter and UTA board member Susan King, “for her countless contributions toward making UTA’s SIJF a staple in the cultural fabric of our borough,” Ladner said to The Advance. Another posthumous award goes to Abdul Nabeeh Shabazz, "a West Brighton-based civil rights activist, “for his decades of unwavering generosity and support which played an integral part in the organization’s longevity and success. His spirit will always remain in our hearts,” added Ladner to the newspaper.
So Staten Island, get ready to swing to that jazz beat as the annual Jazz Fest kicks off on Saturday.